NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come out hitting a victorious note after the Supreme Court ruled that the Lieutenant-Governor is bound by the advice of Delhi’s elected government. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said the AAP government would no longer have to send any files to the L-G.
“It is a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court. Now, the Delhi government will not have to send their files to LG for approval. Because of this, work will not be stalled because of questions or comments on files by the L-G,” said Sisodia, at a press conference shortly after the judgement.
“This judgement has made it clear that there are only three subjects that are on the concurrent list when it comes to the Delhi government and the Centre. Hence, the services are not a concurrent subject. This will allow us to make the appointments and transfers that the elected government wants,” he declared.
The appointments or transfers of officers of the AAP’s choice has long been a bone of contention between the Delhi government and the Centre.
Sisodia also thanked the Supreme Court for the judgement, terming it a win for democracy.
His boss, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too expressed a similar sentiment in a short tweet. “A big victory for the people of Delhi…a big victory for democracy,” he said.
However, the Supreme Court also made it extremely clear that Delhi is not a full-fledged state, and that it has special status, and that the Constitution demands that the Delhi and Central governments have to work together. This is a blow to the AAP’s repeated demand for full statehood to Delhi.
However, the AAP seems to be in no mood to let this demand go. “The struggle for full statehood will continue,” declared Sisodia.
Other AAP leaders have also reacted victoriously and have taken shots at the Centre, accusing it of tying the AAP government’s hands for more than three years.
SC dismisses plea seeking ban on roadshows, bike rallies during polls
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.
“We are not inclined to entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepka Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.
Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC’s instructions and cause damage to the environment.
Will give PM Modi whistle, cap if he wants to be ‘chowkidar’: Owaisi
Hyderabad: Akbaruddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adding ‘chowkidar’ as a prefix in his name on twitter and said that he would provide him with a whistle and a cap if the Prime Minister is interested in such a job.
Speaking at a rally here on Sunday, Owaisi said, “I have seen on Twitter where the names have become as ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, ‘Chowkidar Amit Shah’. Why only one twitter? He should also mention ‘Chowkidar’ in his Aadhaar card, voter-id and passport.”
“We want a PM not a ‘Chaiwala’, ‘Pakodewala’…I am surprised at those who vote for Modi, what kind of person they vote for? If Modi is so interested in being a ‘Chowkidar’, he should come to me, I will offer him a Chowkidar’s cap and a whistle,” he said.
Akbaruddin had won from the Chandrayangutta Assembly seat in the last year’s assembly polls in Telangana.
In December 2018, Owaisi was elected as floor leader of AIMIM in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.
Delhi HC seeks ED’s reply on Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of PMLA case
New Delhi: Division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant interim relief to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora on their plea for quashing of FIR/ECIR by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Delhi HC said that it does not want to interfere since the anticipatory bail plea is being heard in the Patiala House Court.
Although, the Delhi HC Court has sought response of ED on their plea that challenges the Constitutional validity of certain sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It has also directed the ED to supply a copy of ECIR to Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora.
The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for May 2.
Robert Vadra had moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of FIR against him filed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Directorate has questioned Vadra multiple times in connection with the case which pertains London-based properties bought between the years 2005 and 2010.
Meanwhile, the ED filed a reply in the lower court alleging that Robert Vadra is the beneficial owner of various properties under investigation in the case which has been acquired through the proceeds of crime.
The Enforcement Directorate, in its application, had said that investigation is still ongoing and is at a crucial stage. In its reply, it had also sought a ‘free’ hand to a thorough interrogation.